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Propagation: pole beans/corn

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Helena, MT

November 25, 2012
11:27 PM

Post #9342651

Each year I plant four sixty foot rows of corn and I like to plant pole beans next to the corn after the corn sprouts have reached 4 to 6 inches in height. Only a fraction of the beans have sprouted each year presumably because the ground isn't quite warm enough for the beans to properly sprout. I have thought about pre-sprouting the bean seeds between wet paper towels placed inside gallon zip lock bags this next season. I also plan on using plenty of bean Inoculant when planting the bean sprouts. Any suggestions or tips on this procedure would be appreciated.


Holly Springs, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 26, 2012
10:58 AM

Post #9342951

I would recommend just soaking the beans for 24 hours before planting them. If it is warm enough for your corn to grow, that should be all the jump-start that your beans will need.
Helena, MT

November 27, 2012
12:05 AM

Post #9343545

tanakila, I always soak beans before planting, and corn as well. I have used treated corn in the past which helps the seed to germinate in our cooler climate area. Beans however have always been later plantings since a warmer soil temperature is necessary for bean planting. If you try to go too soon it is doesn't work well, so I take soil temperature readings daily at 9:00 determine if the soil is ready for direct seeding. There may be as much as a two weeks spread in the time the cool season corn seed can be planted and beans. I just don't know if pre=sprouting indoors will give me a better shot at getting the beans started.

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